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Madonna's new film 'Filth & Wisdom' is bad

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February

Tbdmadonna021508 Now that Madonna has revealed her chops as a director, critics are heaping damnation on the Material Girl for her marginal execution in the film Filth & Wisdom.

“Madonna has been a terrible actor in many, many films and now — fiercely aspirational as ever -- she has graduated to being a terrible director,” the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw says in his one-star review. “She has made a movie so incredibly bad that Berlin festivalgoers were staggering around yesterday in a state of clinical shock.”

In the middle of the scale, the Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Bennett said: “Ragged, uneven and potholed with some dire dialogue and performances, the film’s cockeyed optimism and likeable leads conspire to bring a smile by the time it’s done.”

The 81-minute flick about three London roommates trying to make it big was screened Wednesday at the Berlin Film Festival didn’t get all bad reviews, though: “What saves the film is its sheer exuberance, and, of course, the music,” James Christopher of London’s Times said. “Altmanesque would be stretching the compliment too far, but ‘Filth and Wisdom’ shows Madonna has real potential as a film director.”

That’s good, because the 49-year-old diva said she wants to make more movies.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:34am]

    

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